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Nov 22, 2010 09:03 AM

The Dreaded Work Pot Luck

I'm supposed to be bringing an 'entree' to a work pot luck tomorrow and I'm completely stumped as to what to bring.

Here are the specifics:

-10 or so people
-Limited fridge space
-NO oven/stovetop available

I'm thinking this will almost have to be a crock pot dish, but my mind is not giving me any ideas.

Initial thoughts are:

1) Soup, stew, chili. All could be made tonight, transferred to the crock and easily reheated tomorrow.

2) Pulled pork or beef. Make the roast overnight, shred in the morning, let sit in juices, BBQ sauce, etc.

Any and all ideas are welcome (along with recipes, if possible).


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  1. This is supposed to be served at room temperature

    Pizza Salad

    8 oz. salad macaroni
    any deli-type meat you like
    3 tomatoes (chopped)
    1/4 lb. cheese (cubed small) use Mozzarella, sharp, whatever you like
    1 smallish red or yellow onion (chopped fine)
    Mix the cooked and cooled macaroni with the cheese, tomato, onion. Add dressing:

    1/2 cup salad oil
    1/4 cup cider vinegar
    1 teaspoon dried oregano
    2 teaspoons salt
    1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    1 clove garlic mashed
    1/3 cup grated Parmesan

    Let flavors marry at least 1 hour+

    I usually add more cheese and less salt--also, it's much better cool/room temperature than straight out of fridge.

    1. Make a crockpot Chicken and can buy a pre-cooked chicken, layer is with some dressing you've mixed up and some gravy and VOILA, an easy, tasty Thanksgiving treat.


      Quiche or a fritatta is always a hit!

      1. A huge antipasto-pasta salad:
        Cooked shells
        kidney & garbanzo beans
        cubes of salami
        marinated mushrooms
        ditto artichoke hearts
        cubed mozzarella cheese
        cubed tomatoes (add at party site so they don't leach liquid into the salad)
        sliced celery
        chopped green onions
        Italian Dressing or pesto vinaigrette of choice
        Huge bowl, proportions to your preference; toss, serve at room temp.

        I like the pulled pork idea too - which you can also do with chicken, if you have concerns about people who might not care to parttake of the swine.

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        1. re: mamachef

          I like the pasta salad idea. Maybe leave out the salami for a vegetarian dish. Easy to prepare & easy to transport

        2. If you want to go easy, Costco frozen Italian meatballs in the crockpot with a good bbq sauce like Sweet Baby Rays. There's never any left, people love 'em. It will be a nice hot dish different from the quarts of Albertson's potato/mac salad that some will bring and the still 3/4 frozen shrimp ring thingee's.

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          1. Nice of your employer to have you set up with such flexible kitchen/eating space. Geez, you are lucky if you can bring Subway sandwiches. Actually, maybe you should consider it -- not kidding.